Hacking is a massive problem. When a user gets hacked, their sensitive data can be compromised, putting them at risk for financial losses and identity theft—which can take years to fix. But users aren't the only targets. Many cybercriminals hack websites and web applications, and every website out there is a potential target.
Why Hackers Target Websites
Any website that handles sensitive information, such as credit card details or social security numbers, is an obvious target. But even very small sites that don't transact or capture user data can be useful to cybercriminals. For example:
- Malware: Hackers can take over your site and turn it into an attack vector for spyware and viruses.
- SEO spam: Malicious software is placed on your site to modify or create pages to serve the interest of the spammer.
- Zombie: Your website becomes part of a botnet to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
If your website is hacked and used for one of these purposes, you are now in the dubious position of being both a victim and a perpetrator, even if the latter is happening without your knowledge.
How Hackers Compromise Websites
Hackers look for vulnerabilities that provide an opportunity to gain access to a website and make modifications to further their interests. Common vulnerabilities include:
Weak/default login credentials: Websites that use default or easy-to-guess administrative credentials make it easy for hackers to simply walk in the "front door."
Outdated or unpatched software: When you don't keep your server, CMS, and plugins up to date, hackers can take advantage of known vulnerabilities.
Code injection: Websites that don't use secure data input and output handling approaches are vulnerable to hackers introducing ("injecting") malicious code.
Cross-site scripting: Also known as XSS, cross-site scripting is similar to code injection except that it uses the website target visitors rather than the site itself.
DNS spoofing: DNS spoofing, also called DNS poisoning, can happen when your DNS servers aren't securely managed, enabling a hacker to introduce an incorrect result record into the DNS resolver's cache, causing traffic to the site being diverted to another computer.
Tips to Protect Your Website
The following video offers five tips for protecting your website from being hacked:
- Frequently change login passwords.
- Update your CMS version and plugins.
- Schedule website backups.
- Monitor continuously.
- Stay updated with the latest cybercrime information.
Use Comodo cWatch to monitor your website and get rid of hackers
Comodo cWatch is a Managed Security Service for websites and web applications that delivers:
Managed Web Application Firewall
Operates on all web servers, functioning as a customer inspection point to detect and filter content like embedded malicious website code.
24/7 Cyber Security Operation and SIEM Threat Detection
Certified experts using advanced technology to help you resolve security incidents faster.
Real Content Delivery Network
Delivers web content at a faster rate by caching at a global data center to meet traffic spikes, provide web security, and shorten distances for improved performance.
Daily Malware and Vulnerability Scan
Monitors the website and sends a daily report.
Instant Malware Removal and Website Hack Repair
Identifies and eliminates malicious software on your website, and provides an in-depth report on areas of concern that require attention.
Full Blacklist Removal
Removal of your website from any blacklists once scanning is complete and all malware eliminated.
Bot and DDoS Protection
Tracks legitimate website users so you don't need delayed pages or annoying CAPTCHA.